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The Roman Catholic World

April 16, 2009

by Marielena Montesino de Stuart

The Catholic world mourns the loss of a great Catholic educator, Dr. Thomas E. Dillon, president of Thomas Aquinas College, in Santa Paula, California.   Dr. Dillon was killed in an automobile accident on Wednesday,  while visiting Ireland.   His wife Terri was with him at the time of the accident and remains in a Dublin hospital.   Dr. and Mrs. Dillon have four children and 15 grandchildren.

Dr. Dillon worked tirelessly for nearly 20 years to raise money to support his beloved college.   Much of the money that he raised went to provide scholarship funds for students whose families could not afford to pay for such academic excellence.   Thomas Aquinas College  has received international recognition, not just academically, but because of  its true loyalty to the Roman Catholic Church.

Please consider making a donation to this truly great college not just in memory of Dr. Dillon, but for the many students whose lives will be enriched beyond measure, both intellectually and in their Catholic faith.

Dr. Dillon lived to see the dedication of the new Thomas Aquinas College chapel, Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity  (see photos below).   This beautiful chapel was dedicated a little over a month ago, on March 7, as the purest manifestation of the devotion to our Heavenly Mother, by  Dr. Dillon and the  fine men and women who have worked so hard to make Thomas Aquinas College a great academic institution.

Thomas E. Dillon, may he rest in peace. thomas-aquinas-college-our-lady-of-the-most-holy-trinity-chapel


Photos courtesy of  Thomas Aquinas College.

Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Marielena Montesino de Stuart is an observer of the Roman Catholic world.  She expresses her views as a journalist for The Wanderer and for .  You may write to her at

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